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The wily ways of free verse

Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (226-246) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Free verse, is distinguished from traditional versification in that its rhythms are not organized into the regularity of meter; most free verse also lacks rhyme."

Free verse is very deceptive. It seems so easy to write, since it lacks any form of meter, and usually doesn't rhyme as well. Since it is so easy to write, one would think that it would be easy to understand. That, is not the case, at least for me. Free verse is usually up for so many interpretations, that it just boggles my mind when I read it. With no meter or rhyme scheme, the reader never knows whats coming next. At least with rhyme, I can infer what the reader will say a few lines prior. With a set meter, the poem becomes like a song that you get into the rhythm of. Free verse lacks structure. Free verse is simple, but complicated. It just depends on how you look at it.


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